Interview series: Professor Patrick Hassenteufel

Professor Patrick Hassenteufel joins IPPA for an interview discussing his academic journey from PhD student to professor. In the video, Hassenteufel discusses his early PhD career, his mentors, his research on health and welfare policy in Europe, how French public policy differs from other countries, the concept of ‘action publique’, the concept of programmatic elites, the value of comparative research, and the aim of the relatively new Institut d'études politiques de Saint-Germain-en-Laye. He was interviewed in Pittsburgh by PhD candidate Ellen Fobé



Patrick Hassenteufel is a professor of Political science at the University of Versailles and Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye (CNRS). He belongs to the Printemps, a CNRS research unit. His main research field is comparative public policy and health policy reforms in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. He also works more generally on the transformation of the European Welfare States and on actor-centered policy analysis.


His work has been published widely in international English, French and German language journals. He is the author of a handbook on policy analysis (Sociologie politique : l’action publique, 2011) and the co-editor in chief of the French speaking political science journal specialising in public policy and public administration analysis (Gouvernement et action publique). With Charlotte Halpern and Philippe Zittoun he edited in 2018 ‘Policy Analysis in France’, in the International Library of Policy Analysis.



Halpern, C., Hassenteufel, P. and Zittoun, P. (2018) Policy Analysis in France. Bristol: Policy Press.


Hassenteufel, P. (2015) The Shaping of New State Elites: Healthcare Policymaking in France Since 1981, Comparative Politics, 47(3): 280-295.


Hassenteufel, P., Smyrl, M., Genieys, W. and Moreno-Fuentes, F. J. (2010) Programmatic Actors and the Transformation of European Health Care States, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 35(4): 517–538